India prohibits & # 39; triple talaq & # 39; Immediate Divorce for Muslims Starting Parties among Women Rights Activists – But Muslim Group Swears to Judge Law
- The upper house of India passed a bill on Tuesday that prohibited traditional practice, allowing men to separate themselves from their wives by three & # 39; talaq & # 39; (divorce)
- Men who use it now can get up to three years in prison or receive a fine
- Move was welcomed by feminist groups, but some Muslim groups say it is a further attack by Modi & # 39; s Hindu Nationalist BJP party against Muslims
The Indian government has history written by & # 39; immediate divorce & # 39; criminalize Muslims.
The upper house of India on Tuesday passed a bill prohibiting the age-old practice that allowed men to separate themselves from their wives by three & # 39; talaq & # 39; – or divorce – to say.
Men who use it now can get up to three years in prison or receive a fine.
The movement was welcomed by feminist groups, but an influential Islamic group said it would launch a legal challenge.
Indian Muslim women show victory sign as they pose for a photo at a meeting organized by BJP to prohibit the passing of a law prohibiting immediate separation practices for Muslims in New Delhi
Some Muslim women's groups have celebrated events throughout India that have followed Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates in regulating & # 39; triple talaq & # 39 ;.
Zakia Soman, a social activist who launched a campaign against the practice almost ten years ago, said the legislation would serve as a deterrent to the unjust treatment of women, some of whom were divorced with a WhatsApp message or by telephone.
& # 39; This law is the result of decades of injustice inflicted on Muslim women and the unsympathetic attitude of the political class and clergy & # 39 ;, said Soman.
The government called the parliamentary vote & # 39; historical & # 39 ;.
& # 39; An archaic and medieval practice is finally limited to the trash can of history & # 39 ;, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday Tuesday on Twitter.
Some Muslim women's groups have celebrated events throughout India that have followed Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates in regulating & # 39; triple talaq & # 39;
Other Muslim groups fought against the law and even the opposition party was against it and accused Modi & # 39; s right-wing Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) of targeting one minority group.
Zafaryab Jilani of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board promised to challenge the new legislation in court on Wednesday.
He said the action was part of a broader campaign by the Hindu Nationalist Party of Modi to undermine religious freedom.
"We are not surprised by the legislation, as it is part of their larger agenda to change the country's constitution and to tear away minority rights," said Jilani, Muslim Group Secretary.
Indian Muslim women with posters from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, celebrating the adoption of a law prohibiting immediate separation practices for Muslims
Jilani said a petition against the law had nearly 50 million signatories throughout India.
Asaduddin Owaisi, a prominent Muslim legislator, said the new legislation should only be seen as part of many attacks on Muslim identity and citizenship. since Modi came to power in 2014.
The Supreme Court of India ruled triple talaq illegally in 2017, following a campaign by Muslim women whose marriage was ended by practice. But the highest court said the government had to pass legislation to ban it.
Justice Minister Ravi Shanker Prasad quoted reports in parliament that about 350 cases had been reported since the Supreme Court ruling in 2017.
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